Volunteer Respite Manual: Creating Valuable Options for Family Caregivers

Drawing on the experience in volunteer services among ARCH network members, ARCH’s recognized Innovative and Exemplary respite services, and Lifespan Respite grantees and their partners, this step-by-step manual will help national, state and community-based programs and faith-based initiatives assess needs, plan, and implement volunteer respite programs with special guidance on providing volunteer services during the pandemic. It will also assist Lifespan Respite grantees and partners in building respite capacity through volunteer training and recruitment. Topics include: program planning and operations; volunteer recruitment, training and management; performance measurement; policies and procedures; liability and insurance; and marketing. Volunteer Respite Manual Appendices and...
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As you explore the ARCH Volunteer Respite Manual, you may find that you need additional resources and information to help you plan or implement your community volunteer respite program. We have gathered samples of job descriptions, volunteer application forms, orientation checklists, volunteer interview questions, background check forms, reference forms, policies and procedures, training resources and more. This list of resources will continue to be updated and new resources added as they become available.

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Arkansas Information for Volunteer Respite Provider

The Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition is pleased to offer this guide that may help alleviate some of the worries associated with taking a break from stressful and strenuous daily caregiving…

Sample Performance Evaluation of a Volunteer

Source: From NC Handbook of Volunteer Management, 1991. As printed in North Carolina Respite Care Coalition, Lifespan Respite: An Information Guide for Developing, Recruiting, Training and Retaining Volunteers, 2011

Easterseals HIPAA Authorization Form “C”

Example from EasterSeals

Fact Sheet: Respite and the Faith Community

Fact Sheet: Respite and the Faith Community The purpose of this fact sheet is to identify and provide information on how faith communities can provide or support respite services as…

Volunteer and Intern Training Agenda

Example from Gio’s Garden

Incident Report Example

Example form from First Free Church

Respite in the Faith Community

The shortage of respite providers continues to be a significant barrier to respite access in many communities. At the same time, government funding for social services is shrinking. Turning to…

Senior Companion Volunteer Position Descriptions

Senior Companions serve adults with physical, emotional, or mental health limitations, especially older persons, in an effort to achieve and maintain their highest level of independent living. Senior Companion volunteers…

Replication Manual: Lifespan’s Caregiver Respite Program

The intended audience for this replication manual may be governmental or nonprofit aging service providers seeking to fill a gap in services for family caregivers of older adults who provide…